An 86-bedroom residential home for the elderly in Pudsey has been approved – despite concerns from local residents.
The £4 million privately run home, off Crawshaw Road, was approved at the second time of asking after developers were originally asked to scale back the size of their plans.
Residents has argued the original three-storey development had been too high and raised concerns about parking and traffic in the area. Concerns were also expressed about traffic at the junction of Radcliffe Lane and Crawshaw Road.
The residents, alongside Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew, also raised concerns about the revised proposals, which had included a reduction in height to make it “less dominant”.
Ward members on the South and West plans panel – made up of Labour, Conservative and Morley Borough Independent councillors – unanimously approved the scheme.
A report by planning officers said an additional three parking spaces for staff parking ensured that the proposal is compliant with parking policy for care homes. The report, which recommended approval, also said the proposals complied with national planning policy and that there was demand for the facility. It added:
“It is not considered that the traffic generated by the proposal will cause harm to highway safety and the access arrangements to and from the site are considered to be acceptable.”
The proposals, by Angela Swift Development Ltd, are on the site of the former Musgrave Court home, which was closed and declared surplus to requirements by cash-strapped Leeds City Council almost four years ago.
The home was demolished and the land sold by the council in 2016. The new home will create 80 jobs.